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    Mende (Sierra Leone)
    Medicine Figure

    Wood
    Height: 9 ¾ inches Width: 4 ½ inches Depth: 5 ¾ inches

    The smaller sized solid wooden heads bear a visual similarity to the Bondo Society Sowei masks, but the function was different. Heads (and full figures) of this type functioned in the rituals of several Mende healing societies, each of which had special abilities with certain diseases or problems. "Illness is considered to be the result of some spiritual displeasure. The figure is used to bring spiritual aid in a person's recovery, while herbs are used to give physical aid" (William L. Hommel. Art of the Mende. College Park: Art Gallery, University of Maryland, 1974).

    Published: William Siegmann, ed. African Masks of the West Guinea Coast, Selections from the Thomas D. Slater Collection. Purdue: Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Perdue University, 2003, p.94, fig.127A.

    Provenance: Thomas D. Slater, Indianapolis



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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